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Feb 18 2020

THEATER: GLORIA/DEAL ME OUT

By |2020-02-18T23:52:11-05:00February 18th, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

In this year of the centennial of women's suffrage (Is it possible we've only had the vote since 1920??) it's perfect that the woman most associated with second-wave feminism beyond enfranchisement-- "Women's Lib" as I first called it in the '70's--is still on the front lines, driving home the conversation she began 50 years ago. [...]

Feb 12 2020

MORE ONSTAGE NOW: WOLF PLAY/DETROIT RED

By |2020-02-12T19:41:15-05:00February 12th, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

Theater is non-stop in this town and two world premieres are now onstage in Boston! WOLF PLAY: This world premiere produced by Company One and written by Hansol Jung took me completely by surprise because it was about something I had never heard of: the online "adoption dissolution" of previously adopted children, bypassing regulated legal [...]

Feb 06 2020

THEATER NOW: SWEAT/MEAN GIRLS/BRIGHT HALF LIFE/THE CAKE

By |2020-02-11T17:42:56-05:00February 6th, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

You might be racing to see movies before the Oscars this Sunday night. But there's also PLENTY of good and even outstanding theater in and around Boston NOW! Here's what I think of 4 of the shows I've seen in the last 2 weeks: Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson SWEAT: This is a [...]

Jan 29 2020

THEATER MUST SEE: VANITY FAIR, AN (IM-)MORALITY PLAY

By |2020-01-29T15:13:17-05:00January 29th, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

Shakespeare said "All the world's a stage" and that is literally true of the world as William Makepeace Thackeray saw it in VANITY FAIR here adapted by Kate Hamill now gloriously arrayed onstage at Central Square Theater: VANITY FAIR, AN (IM-) MORALITY PLAY. This production presented by Underground Railway Theater with a superb ensemble gives [...]

Jan 23 2020

ONSTAGE NOW: PASS OVER

By |2020-01-23T23:48:45-05:00January 23rd, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

Photo/Nile Scott Studios PASS OVER by Antoinette Nwandu co-presented by SpeakEasy Stage and the Front Porch Arts Collective is a potent 90 minutes that encapsulates then unleashes a penetrating take on the black experience in America. Stylistically and thematically, PASS OVER takes a cue from Samuel Beckett by way of the old testament. [...]

Dec 31 2019

THEATER: “MOBY DICK” A Whale of Premiere Musical Tale

By |2019-12-31T13:38:36-05:00December 31st, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

The American Repertory Theater's world premiere "musical reckoning" of Melville's masterpiece MOBY DICK is nothing to sneeze at. And yet, that's what I did in the penultimate moments of this 3 1/2 hour magnum opus;  my attempt to stifle a freakish, out of the blue, nasal explosion backfired, and to my utter shock and awe, [...]

Dec 20 2019

THEATER: “CHRISTMAS ON URANUS”/”PARADE”

By |2020-01-22T11:58:47-05:00December 20th, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

Yes, you read that headline correctly. Christmas is being celebrated on other planets, and has special significance on those indiscreetly-named celestial bodies currently being invaded by Ryan Landry's GOLD DUST ORPHANS.  I laughed my ass off, and so will you! If you like silly, bawdy fun in the holiday spirit, then CHRISTMAS ON URANUS is [...]

Nov 26 2019

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND THEATER: Quixote Nuevo, The Seagull

By |2019-11-26T23:14:51-05:00November 26th, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

Want some theater to digest this Thanksgiving weekend? Here's my take on what you might like! QUIXOTE NUEVO--This delightful new adaptation of Cervantes' "Don Quixote" by Octavio Solis is an illuminating, funny, heartbreaking, and wholly relevant musical adventure, and the first time I have fully connected with this classic saga of a hero tilting at [...]

Nov 18 2019

WINTER FUN: December through February!

By |2019-11-18T14:41:55-05:00November 18th, 2019|Dance, Museums, Music, Restaurants, Theater, VISUAL ART, Visual ART|0 Comments

The days are short. The holidays are long. You need time to cool down after an avalanche of obligations and kick back with family, friends or just by your delightful self, this dark and lovely season. Here's a winter wonderland of ways to enjoy the chill--this article also appearing in EXHALE MAGAZINE! Settle Into A [...]

Nov 01 2019

THEATER: ADMISSIONS/THANKSGIVING/CAMBODIAN ROCK!

By |2019-11-12T14:45:58-05:00November 1st, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

There is a barrage of local theater on stages in and around Boston-- here's my take! Photo: Maggie Hall Photography ADMISSIONS-- Joshua Harmon's adroit take on one of the most incendiary issues of the day: diversity at an elite prep school. The play heats up on ignition when Maureen Keiller as admissions officer [...]